Oklahoma Tornado Video: Raw Footage Of Devastating Twister [VIDEO]

By Philip Ross on May 21, 2013 1:30 PM EDT

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The Oklahoma tornado that has killed at least 24 people, possibly dozens more, left a trail of destruction across the state on Monday. (Photo: YouTube/Screenshot)

A huge tornado touched down in Oklahoma and ripped through the town of Moore on Monday, tearing up everything in its path. Video of the Oklahoma tornado, which shows raw footage of the devastating twister, highlights the massive size of the destructive Oklahoma tornado.

The Oklahoma tornado, part of an outbreak of tornadoes in the area that started Sunday, raged through the suburbs just south of Oklahoma City metropolitan area for a terrifying 40 minutes. With winds up to 200 miles per hour and a funnel almost two miles wide, the Oklahoma tornado flattened everything in its path.

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CNN reports that the Oklahoma tornado left a trail of destruction 22 miles long. The suburban town of Moore, with a population of 40,000, suffered the biggest impact of the twister.

"We were pulling walls off of people, there were people crawling out of everywhere and anywhere," one witness told ABC News. "It's basically just a war zone."

Residents were alerted at 2:40 p.m. Monday to take cover immediately. Sixteen minutes later, the tornado, an EF-4 strength twister, touched down.

The tornado was caused by humid air rushing up from the gulf colliding with cold air coming down from Canada. This then came in contact with the Jetstream of wind coming from west, which pushed the air upwards and creates a tumultuous tempest capable of massive tornadoes.

Raw footage of the Oklahoma tornado, uploaded to YouTube by user Charles Cook on Monday, shows the twister make contact with the ground. The mobile phone footage of the Oklahoma twister shows the funnel forming. It grows and grows, and dust and debris can be seen shooting up from where the tornado makes contact with the earth. The storm first hit Oklahoma around 3:00 p.m. near Newcastle, a city about 20 miles south of Oklahoma City.

Watch the raw footage of the devastating Oklahoma tornado:

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